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Mexicans enjoy triumph of their team over Germany in World Cup | Coastweek

MOSCOW  Russia (Xinhua) -- Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa [center] defends during a group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia, June 17, 2018. XINHUA PHOTO - XU ZIJIAN

Mexicans enjoy triumph of their team over Germany in World Cup

MEXICO CITY (Xinhua) -- Mexico’s 1-0 victory over reigning World Cup champions Germany on Sunday sent the country into a frenzy, with many fans now certain that their team can make it further than ever before in Russia 2018.

Before Sunday’s match, Mexico had never defeated Germany in an official competition.

"Mexico played the best match it has played in many World Cups," Jaime Alvarez, a 36-year-old public servant, told Xinhua.

"What I didn’t like was that they played defensively from very early on.

"I would have tried to take them forward, it is easier to win when you have the opponent in their own half," he added.

Mexico beat Germany 1-0 thanks to a powerful shot by Hirving Lozano in the 35th minute.

After a first half when Mexico surprised Germany by pressuring them across the field, in the second half, the Mexican squad was more careful, staying mostly in defense and waiting for counterattacks.

"It seemed to be a very good structure at first, always in front, and the pause came at the right moment," said Gabriela Rodriguez, 31, wearing a Mexican shirt.

"The final moments was very tense, there were many errors by Mexico in the second half that could have been avoided and opportunities that were not seized upon," she added.

Alvarez and Rodriguez agreed that, if Mexico can maintain this level of play against Sweden and South Korea, it can break its curse and finally reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Russia, which it has never done since 1986.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto congratulated the squad on Twitter, saying "Mexico competes and wins against the best in the world."

After the party ended, dozens of Mexican fans congregated at the Angel of Independence in Mexico City, where locals customarily celebrate football successes.

The victory was also acknowledged by Germans in attendance. Tom Wiecking, 44, said his country’s squad had had no ideas in the game, while Mexico showed good organization and created the more dangerous opportunities.

Wiecking said that all World Cup champions seem to fall apart when defending their title.

"We saw it with Spain, with Brazil, all those defending the title don’t do well and have a disaster," he explained.

"Germany will not make it very far.

"Mexico will go further than Germany."

Mexico will now play South Korea on June 23 and Sweden on June 27.
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Lozano gives Mexico 1-0 victory over defending champions Germany

By Michael Place MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) -- A first-half goal from Hirving Lozano fired Mexico to a 1-0 victory over defending champions Germany in their World Cup Group F match here on Sunday.

The majority of the 80,000 fans at the Luzhniki Stadium were Mexicans and Lozano induced a deafening roar when he ran onto a Javier Hernandez pass before cutting inside and firing a low shot past Manuel Neuer.

Germany had several chances to equalize late in the match; their best chance coming when substitute Julian Brandt sent a long-range effort onto the outside of the post.

The result continues a trend of defending World Cup champions struggling in their first match of the tournament. Brazil’s 1-0 victory over Croatia in 2006 was the last time the title holders won their opener.

Joachim Low’s team are also hoping to avoid becoming the third consecutive reigning champions to exit before the knockout phase.

Both sides created several chances in an entertaining first half, but Mexico looked more lethal against an uncharacteristically disorganized German defence.

Low’s side started the match with Marvin Plattenhardt at left-back, taking the place of Jonas Hector, who was left out with the flu.

Somewhat surprisingly, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio deployed two holding midfielders, with Andres Guardado and Hector Herrera providing extra protection for the back four.

It took less than two minutes for Mexico to signal their attacking intent and Lozano should have done better when he blazed over with only the goalkeeper to beat after being played in by Carlos Vela.

Germany pressed high in an effort to unsettle El Tri in their own half.

The move brought mixed results, often leaving the Europeans exposed on the counter-attack.

It was not all one-way traffic and Timo Werner had two half chances in the first half-hour: first pushing a shot narrowly wide and then controlling a high ball before turning and releasing a tame shot that was easily saved by Guillermo Ochoa.

Carlos Salcedo almost gifted the Europeans the lead when he clumsily flung his left foot at a Joshua Kimmich cross, with the deflection rolling just wide of the post.

But Mexico continued to look dangerous going forward, with Vela in particular finding pockets of space.

Lozano put El Tri ahead in the 35th minute following a combination of slick passes and a deft through ball from Hernandez.

Germany’s best chance came shortly after when Toni Kroos hit the crossbar with a free-kick after Kimmich was scythed down on the edge of the box. Replays showed that goalkeeper Ochoa may have made contact with his fingertips to keep the ball out.

Mexico’s plans to sit back and defend their lead were made plainly clear when Edson Alvarez replaced Vela just before the hour mark.

Low responded by bringing on Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus for Sami Khedira as he tried to find another route to goal.

Germany pushed forward at every opportunity; Draxler had a shot deflected behind and Werner struck a volley that few over the bar as Mexico’s defence was pushed further back.

Mexico appeared unlucky not be awarded a penalty when Mats Hummels brought down Hernandez.

Layun also had two more chances, first blazing over and then hooking an attempt wide in a one-on-on with Neuer.

El Tri stood firm as Germany peppered Ochoa’s goal in the final minutes, with Brandt coming closest when he rifled a first-time shot against the post.
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Mexico stun defending champions Germany after Lozano strike

by Michael Place MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) -- A goal from Hirving Lozano gave Mexico a 1-0 surprise win over defending champions Germany in their World Cup Group F match here on Sunday.

The majority of the 80,000 fans at the Luzhniki Stadium were Mexicans and Lozano induced a deafening roar when he ran onto a Javier Hernandez pass before cutting inside and firing a low shot past Manuel Neuer.

Both sides created several chances in an entertaining first half, but Mexico looked more lethal against an uncharacteristically disorganized German defence.

Joachim Low’s side started the match with Marvin Plattenhardt at left-back, taking the place of Jonas Hector, who was left out with the flu.

Somewhat surprisingly, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio deployed two holding midfielders, with Andres Guardado and Hector Herrera providing extra protection for the back four.

It took less than two minutes for Mexico to signal their attacking intent and Lozano should have done better when he blazed over with only the goalkeeper to beat after being played in by Carlos Vela.

Germany pressed high in an effort to unsettle El Tri in their own half. The move brought mixed results, often leaving the Europeans exposed on the counter-attack.

It was not all one-way traffic and Timo Werner had two half chances in the first half-hour: first pushing a shot narrowly wide and then controlling a high ball before turning and releasing a tame shot that was easily saved by Guillermo Ochoa.

Carlos Salcedo almost gifted the Europeans the lead when he clumsily flung his left foot at a Joshua Kimmich cross, with the deflection rolling just wide of the post.

But Mexico continued to look dangerous going forward, with Vela in particular finding pockets of space.

Lozano put El Tri ahead in the 35th minute following a combination of slick passes and a deft through ball from Hernandez.

Germany’s best chance came shortly after when Toni Kroos hit the crossbar with a free-kick after Kimmich was scythed down on the edge of the box. Replays showed that goalkeeper Ochoa may have made contact with his fingertips to keep the ball out.

Mexico have advanced to the knockout phase in each of the past six World Cups dating back to 1994

Only twice in their history have Germany failed to reach the quarterfinals and the last time it happened was in 1978 in Argentina - before any of the team’s current players were born.
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Mexico focus on next match after stunning German

MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) -- Mexican players maintained their calmness despite stunning holders Germany at the start of their World Cup campaign here on Sunday.

"We have to be calm. We still have two more games, and need to target at our next rivals.

"We are doing good," said defender Carlos Salcedo.

Hirving Lozano, 22, scored the only goal of the match in the 35th minute.

Mexico posed great threat to Germany’s defense through incessant counter-attacks.

"We have to continue the same strength. It’s a good feeling to win your first World Cup match.

"We are on the right path, and we have to continue to work that will help us reach our goals.

"Germany did their part, and we did our part.

"We have to continue on the same path.

"They are really good.

"Thank God, we got the win in the end," said Salcedo.

Salcedo played for Eintracht Frankfurt last season.

He joked that Niko Kovac, who is set to take over Bayern Munich next season, and coaching staff owed him a dinner.

"Because they said that Germany were going to beat Mexico," said Salcedo.

Despite the stunning victory, Salcedo doesn’t want to be over-confident.

"Sometimes you use confidence in a bad way. We want to keep the same mentality," he pointed out.

Mexico will play against South Korea in the second round action of Group F.

Javier Hernandez, who had played for Manchester United, echoed Salcedo’s opinion.

"It’s a good beginning. We got three points, but that’s it," said Hernandez, nicknamed Chicharito.

"Tomorrow we need to play more and have 100 percent focus on South Korea."

"It (the victory) was very positive because it’s the World Cup.

"We were relaxed, and it was very important for our win today," he added.

Hernandez called the match against Germany "the most difficult one" from which they will move on and keep improving.

"We need to be relaxed.

"We have three points.

"We will enjoy this, but we need to continue what we did great, and change what we did wrong," said Hernandez, adding that it was a victory from teamwork.
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Mexico coach made plans to beat Germany six months ago

MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) -- Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said here Sunday that he had made the plan to beat defending champions Germany in the World Cup Group F opener six months before.

Mexico stunned Germany 1-0 in the game at Luzhniki Stadium here on Sunday evening.

Hirving Lozano scored what turned out to be the winner on 35 minutes with a low strike from close range.

"We had drawn up a plan six months back," Osorio told the post-match press conference.

"Due to injuries we had to change some of our protagonists but we always thought of having two quick players on the wing.

"We chose Hirving Lozano, who is our fastest player, and we wanted to hurt them on the counter attack.

"With all due respect, in the first half we were the better team.

"In the second half they tried to attack more and we prepared their use of Mario Gomez up front yesterday.

"We practiced defending with four midfielders and three players up front and that is almost how we got the second goal.

"We showed we have a bright future and I am very satisfied with what we did.

"This is a great game, we are going to celebrate responsibly and prepare this for the next match.

"I want to dedicate this to all the Mexican fans who made the journey out here and everyone who supports us.

"Those who do not support us, we will try to convince them to support us."

On the future games, Osorio said that Sweden, which left Italy out of the World Cup, is very dangerous, but Mexico must prepare to face South Korea firstly.
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Germany coach Joachim Loew: 'First half nightmare'

MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) -- Germany coach Joachim Loew said here Sunday that his team played badly in the first half of World Cup Group F opener against Mexico who finally stunned the defending champions 1-0.

Mexican forward Javier Hernandez broke free to set up Hirving Lozano, who rifled his shot low to Manuel Neuer’s right on 35 minutes.

"We were vulnerable in the first half and missed the impressing way of play before," Loew said at the post-match press conference, adding, "That’s a situation we’re not used to at all."

"This is a situation we have to accept of course, there can be obstacles to overcome.

"And in the next match we have to be much better," he said.

Loew, who took the reins of the German team in 2006, admitted it seemed his team were "jinxed" as nothing seemed to go their way against a well-supported Mexican team intent on counter-attacking.

The German coach said they will make thorough analysis of this game and full preparations for the next game against Sweden.

           

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